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The Cross of Christ

Think about this: The Cross of Christ is, at the same time, a demonstration of man’s ability to be cruel and God’s ability to love.

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Thinking of the Cross Today

He’s An Evangelist for Islam

A very close member of this guy’s family recently started to witness the glories of Islam to me. He described to me the emotion of going on the pilgrimage to Mecca and standing before the Kaaba. “Here and here,” he said as he tapped his head and heart, looking heavenward. “There really is power in the soul when you stand before the holy place.”

After that, he began to tell me of all the Christians who are converting to Islam, “even Baptists,” he added as a final push. Well, I didn’t say the Shahada. Why would I, when I already know the glory of Christ and his cross (Galatians 6:14)? What a treasure!

Things Kids Say

My 5-year-old daughter does not yet take the Lord’s Supper, so she is very jealous and attentive to all that goes on during that event. In Israel we use matza for the Lord’s Supper, and when it is broken, it comes out in random sizes; some larger, some smaller.  This past Friday night, I got a rather large piece of matza, which immediately drew her attention.

“What’s that, Abbah?” she asked. I began to explain, “This is a picture of Jesus – how his body was,” at which point I was interrupted with, “But it doesn’t look like Jesus!”

Clearly, from a 5-year-old’s perspective, she was correct. In fact, her reply caused me to take another look at the broken piece of matza resting in my hand, . . .  and to reconsider how I try to communicate important truths to her . . . and to others.

This Spoke to Me

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